Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Copper Flourishes

Months ago, I posted about making watercolor backgrounds, and how I considered this one a complete loss. {grin} As it happens, it really sets off these gorgeous Copper Foil Flourish Thinlits! Never give up on a watercolor, eh?

Flourishing Phrases, Copper Foil, Thick Whisper White, Watercolor paper, Vellum Cardstock, Versamark ink, Copper embossing powder, Flourish Thinlits, Copper Metallic Thread, Popcorn Box Thinlits (sentiment shape).

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stampin Up Bonus Days!

For every $50 you spend from now until July 31, you'll receive an email coupon for $5 off your puchase during August! What a great way to save!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Paper Pumpkin--One Day Deal

I am still on my "summer break," but I had to share this deal with you! Paper Pumpkin might be my favorite thing ever to receive in the mail. A self-contained kit that arrives every month for me to play. At $5, you don't want to miss it! Offer is only good (Thursday) June 9, 5 pm MT to (Friday) June 10, 11:50 pm MT. This deal is available to new Paper Pumpkin subscribers, but if you are a current or past subscriber, please email me at cardbuffet at gmail dot com!

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Break

I am taking a summer break to focus on my daughter's upcoming wedding. Please enjoy the new catalog! I hope to be sharing some Stampin Up videos soon.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: Manly Navy Birthday

The May Paper Pumpkin kit, Many Manly Occasions, is still out on my desk! I love the geometric laser cut card bases, as well as all the masculine stamps. There is a Pumpkin Pie corrugated paper that is meant to be used as the background, but I decided to make this one with a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Night of Navy cardstock.I'm sure the corrugated paper will find its way onto a project soon.

The only "extra" I used that wasn't in the kit was a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Night of Navy cardstock. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Technique: Watercolor Resist and Balloon Celebration

Resist techniques (when you use something that "resists" the ink) are always fun, so why not add in watercoloring??? The key to making this technique work is the MISTI. It allows you to overstamp your images several times, to make sure the Versamark attracts enough embossing powder. Watercolor paper by nature is rough, so it would be difficult to accomplish this without being able to re-stamp.

Using the MISTI, stamp the images 3 times with Versamark, then emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. Let cool.

Tape all 4 sides of your watercolor paper to a watercolor board. Use a wide brush to apply a light coat of water to the watercolor paper. If you don’t want the color to extend clear to the edges, leave a slight dry border.

Using a wet Aquapainter, dip into ink (start with Curry and work darker, to Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay) and touch to wet areas on WC paper. Keep adding till you get the blend you want. Allow to dry.

After Watercolor panel is dry, use black fine-tip pen to draw borders and balloon strings.

Here are a few different samples--all made by me, and all using the same technique. Each one will be different!


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: Watercolor Manly Occasions

My  May Paper Pumpkin kit arrived Saturday! I rarely get it so early. I was playing around with the Night of Navy ink spot that came with this kit, Many Manly Occasions, and I ended up adding a bit of water coloring to the edges of the die cut card base. There are also a few spatters across the greeting, but it's hard to see in this photo.

This is a great kit! There are two types of laser-cut card bases:
A great stamp set:
And corrugated Pumpkin Pie cardstock and Pool Party enamel stars:

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Go Wild Birthday Balloon

The Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring) is a great source for masculine cards. If you find yourself struggling to make birthday (and other occasions) cards for the men and boys in your life, I highly recommend it!

The balloon is punched from a failed watercolor experiment, and I love how the bit of Gold Wink of Stella gives it a bit of glow.


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